Healthy Cooking - Kitchen Preparation For Fat
am going to take you around the kitchen real quick and show you
some handy appliances and kitchenware that can get you through those
tough times with your meal preparation. First off, as you see in
my kitchen I have a little mini food processor. A food processor
can be very beneficial for making different things like hummus and
when you are finely cutting up vegetables for different recipes
like soups and chillies. Even if you are trying to make a healthy
dessert and you are trying to mix up some dried fruit or make some
banana puree, using a food processor is perfect for things like
that. It can be a pretty handy kitchenware item to have and I highly
recommend it. Another great thing is that is doesn't take up a lot
of space and it can come in handy on a regular basis.
Another item I tend to use all the time is called
the Vidalia chop wizard. Any item that will finely cut up fruits
and vegetables is great to have around the kitchen. This one works
excellent for stir-fries, and any type of recipe where you will
be cutting up a lot of vegetables. The clean up is super easy also
and I like to leave it out on the counter to remind myself that
I actually have it so I don't forget about it.
A tea kettle is another beneficial item to have in
your kitchen. Tea is one of those beverages that is tremendously
healthy and satisfies thirst very well. I like to leave the tea
kettle out because tea is a regular mainstay of my nutrition regimen
along with most of my clients.
A couple of important things you might not think about when it
comes to a good kitchen, but they do come in handy on a daily basis,
is having a handy utensil with a sponge on the end that you can
put some soap in and then easily clean up dishes in a minute or
so. Along with the cleaning sponge is having a good vegetable brush
on hand. It is not too tough on vegetables and will not tear off
the skin but it is firm enough to get off a lot of the extra pesticide,
waxes and residues on all the fresh vegetables and fruits that we
are all trying to include in our healthy nutrition program.
Having a good blender on hand is also very important. If you don't
have a food processor, that's fine. The food processor and blender
are kind of interchangeable for most recipe items such as hummus,
salsas, dicing up a lot of veggies, and anything like puddings and
dessert items. The blender works great for making smoothies, protein
shakes and things like that. I highly recommend purchasing a quality
blender and leaving it out on the counter because it's probably
going to come in handy more often than not.
Don't forget to have a good pair of kitchen shears on hand. I think
a lot of times people forget to have a good pair of these because
they think they will just use a knife. From a safety standpoint,
if you are trying to open a bag of frozen veggies or a bag of brown
rice and you hold it by the top and try to slice the top off with
a nice sharp knife, that's an accident waiting to happen. Just invest
a few dollars in a good pair of kitchen shears and you'll save yourself
Obviously, mixing cups and measuring spoons are all important to
have along with a can opener and a rubber scraper. I have my refills
for the sponge utensil, a spatula, salad tongs and a nut cracker
which is an excellent device if you get nuts that aren't already
Having a good cooler on hand is very important. I am always curious
why people who really want to follow a healthy diet regimen make
the mistake of not having a simple cooler for their meals. I don't
know how they get their day's worth of nutrition around with them
to school, to work, on the bus, or wherever they're going. Having
a good cooler and some ice packs is very important to good nutrition.
This is one of those stop gaps that will get you on your way to
better nutrition and help you reach your goals faster.
Lastly, I am going to tell you about a very important item that
most people do not currently have in their refrigerator. That's
the old fridge thermometer. The key is to make sure it's in the
safe zone which is about 34 to 40 degrees. Get yourself a nice kitchen
thermometer since it will help fight any potential foodborne illnesses.
I hope my trip around the kitchen showed you some important things
to keep on hand for successful meal preparation and healthy eating!